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THE DEATH OF STERLING?

By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Such has been the unmitigated success of UK PM Gordon Brown’s cunning financial management of our nations’ economy ….that the value of the £pound compared to other major currencies has fallen to a 28-year low amid growing fears over the health of the British economy.

Brown is on record stating that no other major economy is better placed than the UK to weather the current international financial straits. But for some odd reason, investors feel different!

“UK Holidaymakers were warned that the pound may soon reach so-called parity with the euro with £1 buying just one euro. At tourist rates, £100 will now buy just 110 euros. Bank of England figures, which measure sterling against a basket of international currencies, recorded the pound at its weakest level since records began in 1980. Currency experts said that the British currency was last this low in the mid-1970s when the country faced bankruptcy and received emergency funding from the International Monetary Fund. The pound has fallen amid growing fears over rapidly increasing levels of Government borrowing. Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, recently conceded that public borrowing will reach more than £1 trillion over the next few years.”

So why is Brown overseeing this decline in our national currency whilst simultaneously boasting what a great job he has been doing? It’s my view that Labour, through its actions is deliberately taking the value of the Pound to the point where it could then be exchanged for the Euro. We lose our currency, Brown wins the plaudits of the Euro-mob.

love thy neighbour??

By ATWadmin On December 10th, 2008 at 9:16 am

As you return from your Christmas church services on the 25th December, or welcome home family members who have themselves returned for the festivities, or watch as the kids demolish the expensive presents bought in the hope that they might be appreciated, I reckon we should all pause for approximately 5 milliseconds to worry about the beliefs, hopes and sundry twisted ideals of one Anjem Choudary, who is a strong muslim believer and outspoken critic of all things non-Islamic.

He believes that the very idea and practice of the celebration of the birth of Christ is an affront to Islam, and as many Muslims reside in Western democracies, they should be protected against these dreadful ideals by having no contact with these sinister happenings such as installing and dressing of a Christmas tree or eating, allah forfend, portions of a turkey. He also states “Every Muslim has a responsibility to protect his family from the misguidance of Christmas, because its observance will lead to hellfire. Protect your Paradise from being taken away – protect yourself and your family from Christmas.”.

Now as a believer in the ultimate freedom, that of being able to speak your mind without fear or favour, I have reluctantly to accept that Mr. Choudary has as much right to pitch his bile and hatred as I have to pitch my own somewhat milder beliefs, but one has to wonder why Mr. Choudary chooses to live and prosper in a society which offends him and his belief structure quite so much. Better he follow his spiritual leader Omar Bakri Mohammed in enjoying a very long holiday in the Lebanon, where he might find fellow believers in the type of religion which he so fervently supports. As for me, I reckon I’ll be having my yearly sip of brandy, partly to welcome my own kids and grand-kids; but also partly to wash away the very taste of anything to do with the ideals of this particularly nasty sub-species of clown!

A Tourism Campaign?

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

In Croatia:

A husband who used his semi-naked wife for target practice with an air rifle has been jailed.

Shocking!

A neighbour said: “Shooting at a beautiful woman like her is crazy. Couldn’t he have practised on a wild pig like everyone else?’

Sounds like an interesting place, Croatia. I must go there sometime.

SICK NOTE CENTRAL!

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

So this is the town where almost HALF the adult population are “too sick” to work, apparently. Or perhaps one should say allegedly!

“It was once a bustling centre for the textile industry with thousands hard at work in the cotton mills. But now Falinge in Rochdale has been branded the sick-note capital of Britain with almost half the population apparently too ill to work. An astonishing 42.9 per cent of all working-age adults living in the council ward are claiming incapacity benefits. The Office of National Statistics revealed that 490 of the 1,141 people of working age in the area rely on the handout. The figures are a major blow to the Government which claims new measures are helping those on incapacity benefits get back to work. Earlier this year, the same area was identified as having the highest unemployment in the country, with over three-quarters on benefits. Yesterday, politicians, residents and community leaders rushed to defend the reputation of the urban housing estate.”

Sorry, that’s like trying to defend the reputation of a renowned whore, although I accept that even a whore does not leach off the State unlike the lazy denizens of Falinge. I note that this is a Liberal-Democrat stronghold! Falinge is a new model town under our liberal political masters – most of the locals are too lazy to want to work when they can stay at home and leach off the generous welfare benefits that have been levered into place by Mr Brown and his pals.

THAT IRISH PORK DISASTER – COMEDY UPDATE

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

One cannot exaggerate the disastrous impact that the current pork crisis is having on Ireland’s pork processing industry with many thousands of workers facing the unwelcome prospect of joining the unemployemnt ranks just as Christmas approaches. However I did have to laugh when I read the name of the Managing Director of the company at which the Dioxin crisis appears to have originated. He is called Mr Hogg. Classic. 

BUSINESS AS USUAL..

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

You see it’s not JUST left-wing politicians that I dislike, it’s right wing politicians too. Oh, and centrist ones by way of balance. As I have repeatedly stated, I think there is something wrong with most of those who choose a political career. Most often, greed and stupidity are the driving force for the political masses and so I am not in the least surprised to discover that Obama’s pal Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris have been arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges. Blagojevich and Harris were accused of a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy that included Blagojevich conspiring to sell or trade the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama in exchange for financial benefits for the governor and his wife. The governor was also accused of obtaining campaign contributions in exchange for other official actions.

I am not going to turn this into a right/left thing, instead I present it as a politician vs normal people thing! George Bernard Shaw called it right when he observed “ He knows nothing; he thinks he knows everything – that clearly points to a political career.” Blago is just one more Chicago crook masquerading as a politician. There are MANY more like him – they just haven’t all been caught, yet.  

 

The Torture at Gitmo caught on tape

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

ain’t it strange?

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2008 at 11:09 am

When the term ‘tribal elders’ came into common usage, it was used to signify decisions stamped into authority by people who had earned the respect of their tribe. Whether in battle against other tribes, or in decisions taken for the benefit of all the members of the tribe, the ‘Elders’ were treated with respect, and power usually was given to one who had showed wisdom, courage and honesty. Long before the City States of ancient Greece showed how ‘Demokracy’ might work for the greater good, the ‘elders’, from tribal societies stretching from Germania to Africa were ruling and governing their peoples. Some were good, and again some were evil, but it was a form of common governance which seemed to work.

Jump forward many centuries to today’s disgrace, which of course is Zimbabwe, and the world’s total inability to alter the fate of millions who still exist in that unhappy land. We hear of the ‘Elders’, in the shape of the failed ex-leader of the United Nations, one Kofi Annan, Graca Machel, the wife of Saint Nelson himself, and Peanut Jimmy Carter, the truly useless ex-President of the United States; who were assigned to travel to Zimbabwe and ‘heal’ the divisions. Now I have no time at all for Mugabe or his evil henchmen, as they have combined to ruin one of the fairest countries ever placed upon this Earth, but I do have a sneaking regard for the abrupt manner in which the so-called ‘Elder Statesmen’ weren’t even allowed near Zimbabwe, but were in fact forced to pontificate on the ‘perils of a megalomaniac’ from the comfort of a hotel suite in Johannesburg.

Ever noticed how the ultra-liberals amongst us shy away from force and from killing, which is what force usually devolves to? As with Carter and Kofi, so with the Very Reverend John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, when he calls for the removal, by force if necessary, of Mugabe from power in Harare. I for one would give a teensy-weeny bit of credence to his spouting if he offered to hold a rifle and go forth along with his many supporters to fight against the tyrant. But that is but typical of the liberal left, they don’t want to use force themselves; that way they might see the blood in the sand, but they do want somebody; anybody, to push forward and do their righteous killing on their behalf. After the event, there would of course be the ritual wringing of hands, and how they thought that what the military did was grossly over the top, and how all they wanted was the peaceful removal of a mad dictator, and the soldiers shouldn’t really have shot back at those who were shooting at them! I could make analogies of omelettes and eggs, but all I will say is that Black Africa has brought home the whirlwind, and they should be left to reap what they have sewn.

Govern themselves? They couldn’t organise a piss-up in a brewery; never mind a country!

PIG IGNORANT…

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2008 at 10:05 am

I rather agree with Northern Ireland’s Health Minister who has said that members of the public have been left “confused” following a “lack of clarity” on the pork contamination scare.

Michael McGimpsey said that he had asked the body responsible for food safety in the UK — the Food Standards Agency (FSA) — to issue guidance urgently on whether or not retailers should remove pork products from their shelves. “As soon as the relevant agencies have determined which, if any, products are contaminated then these products can safely be returned to shelves,” he said. “This means that the public can have confidence that any pork products which are on shelves in our supermarkets and butchers are not contaminated.” The FSA has advised the public not to eat any pork products or products where pork is the main ingredient, that are labelled as being from the Irish Republic or Northern Ireland. In a statement yesterday, the agency said it was advising retailers to remove pork products manufactured from September 1, 2008, in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Speaking in the Assembly yesterday, Mr McGimpsey said: “I realise that there has been a lack of clarity about advice on the consumption of pork and pork products. In the Republic of Ireland, all pork products which originated from the Republic and from Northern Ireland have been removed from shelves. “Yet, in Northern Ireland, initial advice from the FSA to the public here has been not to eat these products, but no formal recall notice has been sent to retailers. Despite this advice, a number of retailers have already taken the decision to remove products from their shelves until they are certain that none of them are contaminated.”

Looks like the FSA needs to get its act together. I also note that at least one major UK retailer has decided NOT to remove any Irish pork from its shelves! What a mess.

UP IN SMOKE….

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2008 at 9:56 am

The relentless advance of the Nanny State becomes apparent today in the news that Zanulabour will announce that cigarettes are to be banned from open display in shops and supermarkets in a fresh attempt to cut the number of smokers.

Alan “Postie” Johnson, the Health Secretary, will announce that the prohibition will be implemented in supermarkets in 2011 and small shops in 2013. It is understood that ministers decided on not implementing the ban instantly because of a desire to ease the impact of the move on small business during the recession. The Health Secretary will also announce, however, that a move to ban cigarette vending machines in pubs has been dropped in favour of a plan for the machines to operate only by the use of tokens. People would have to show they are 18 in order to be given the tokens. The machines will also have stronger warnings on them telling young people of the dangers of smoking.

In the guise of concern for our health, they take our freedoms. In the name of concern, they strip our liberty. I do not smoke, nor do I believe it is a wise choice for anyone else BUT I do believe people should have the right to choose whether they smoke or not and the idea that government is dictating these issues concerns me. Put another way, IF smoking is SO bad, why not just ban it completely and be done with? Or, is the prospect of losing all those huge tobacco revenues addictive to government?